The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program (ABCD) puts young children on a lifelong path to good oral health. ABCD connects low-income families with dentists who know how to care for young kids, preventing tooth decay early and educating parents about how to take good care of their children’s teeth. Click this link to learn more about ABCD.
Oral Health Connections (OHC) is working to improve access to care by expanding care coordination services to include adult pregnant and diabetic patients. This work is part of pilot program approved by the Washington State legislature. In Thurston County, pregnant and diabetic patients between 21 – 64 who are covered by Medicaid will be referred to dental care and receive care coordination support from CHOICE staff. Click this link to learn more about OHC.
CHOICE is working with the Arcora Foundation to create a structured and comprehensive approach to reducing oral health disparities in Thurston County through the Local Impact Network (LIN). LIN anchor strategies include care coordination, increased access to dental services, improving opioid prescription practices, integrating oral health care into medical well-child visits, school sealant programs, community oral health education, and co-located primary care, behavioral health, and oral health. Click this link to learn more about LIN.
Katrin Palmer, the ABCD Coordinator for Thurston and Lewis counties, enrolls children into the program by connecting Apple Health-covered children to a dentist, providing oral health education, and assists in appointment scheduling. Some of her success in connecting with families comes from outreach events and making direct contact with families who have been referred from primary care providers and community partners. She is also active in both the Lewis and the Mason-Thurston County Oral Health Coalitions to help further improve the oral health care and access in the area. Contact Katrin at 360-539-7576 Ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Katrin’s office hours are 8:00AM–1:00PM, Monday–Thursday.